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yoga for beginners

Though I’ve been going to yoga on and off for more than six years, I still sometimes feel like a beginner. Perhaps it’s the tension in my hamstrings that never seems to disappear, or the fact that my abs are endlessly wobbly whenever I’m in boat pose for more than 2.5 seconds. Whatever it is, I’ve decided that I don’t think it’s necessarily a bad thing.

I’m always drawn to beginner classes, especially when they provide instruction on proper alignment—something I’m pretty terrible at most of the time. In fact, my favorite class at my yoga studio is a gentle yoga class intended for those new to yoga. I think what I love most about mixing in gentle and beginner classes with my regular vinyasa classes is that I feel more equipped and better trained as a result. Beginner classes focus on form, not strength, and they give me more confidence in faster-paced classes that I’m doing the moves properly and safely.

That’s why I love the My Yoga Online Brand Spanking New video. Taught by Clara Roberts-Oss, it goes through sun salutations and standing poses very slowly to help you really understand what each pose is about. If you’ve never done yoga before, this is the perfect starting point—especially because you can do it at home without anyone watching! If you’re a regular yogi, I encourage you to check it out and refresh yourself on proper alignment.

For those who are ready to be refreshed in their practice, here’s a quick video on how to chaturanga (courtesy of lululemon), followed by some other great beginner videos to check out on My Yoga Online…

What intimidates you most about yoga (whether you’re new or have been doing it for years)?

P.S. Don’t forget—My Yoga Online is still offering two weeks of free yoga to blog readers! Sign up here >>

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(Disclosure: This is a sponsored post, but all of the words and thoughts are my own. I never endorse anything I don’t believe in or work with brands I don’t already use or like. Enjoy!)

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